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LeadingAge Washington and the Washington Adult Say Services Association (WADSA) are merging.
The merger builds upon LeadingAge's presence and voice in Olympia as they advocate for funding to sustain long-term care services and support for persons with disabilities and chronic care needs, according to Chief Executive Officer Deb Murphy of LeadingAge Washington.
“The merger between our organization and the former Washington Adult Day Services Association strengthens and deepens member networking and partnership opportunities, enhances the development of business opportunities to expand adult day services and strengthens our post-acute care position in a growing, complex managed care and fee-for-service health care environment," Murphy said in a release. "LeadingAge Washington is building upon its presence and voice in Olympia as we advocate for funding to sustain long term care services and supports for persons with disabilities and chronic care needs.”
Sara Myers, former executive director of WADSA, notes that LeadingAge Washington has had a stronger presence in the post-acute care world. She will join the LeadingAge Washington staff as the new director of adult day services.
"We were too small an entity, but as a part of LeadingAge Washington, we can participate in discussions about post-acute care," said Myers. "So now adult day health centers can be a part of the post-acute care continuum."